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NIEBUHR, Carsten.
Travels through Arabia, and other Countries in the East.
Edinburgh: Printed for R. Morison and Son, Perth; G. Mudie, Edinburgh; and T. Vernor, London,, 1792. 2 volumes, octavo (205 x 121 mm). Recent half calf to style, decorative gilt spines, dark brown labels, marbled sides, endpapers renewed, red speckled edges. Folding map frontispiece to each volume, respectively "Chart of the Persian Gulf" and "The Red Sea, or Arabic Gulph" (linen backed), further folding map of Yemen (linen backed), 10 copper-engraved plates of views and costumes, mostly in Egypt or Yemen, by Daniel Lizars. A few light abrasions to bindings, scattered foxing (a little heavy in places), neat manuscript calculation to vol. I, p. 279. A good complete copy, the recent binding having the virtue of opening easily at the page. First edition in English of the two sole eyewitness accounts of the 1761-7 Danish expedition to Arabia, the first great scientific expedition to the Middle East, by its only survivor, the German-born surveyor Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815). Complete copies with all plates, the half-titles and the errata leaf are decidedly uncommon. The first volume is an abridged translation of Niebuhr's Beschreibung von Arabien (1772), a description of the original expedition to Yemen. The second comprises excerpts his Reisebeschreibung von Arabien und andern umliegenden Ländern (1774-8), and is almost entirely devoted to the peoples of Arabia and the Persian Gulf, with a brief relation of his return journey from India via Muscat and the Gulf to Bushire, and thence overland to Europe. The expedition, originally intended to "illustrate certain passages of the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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